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Preparatory activities: the activities involved 20 participants.

Location / Dates: online and partners ‘country, March 2020

Short description: these activities consisted in identifying the most appropriate IT tools for the implementation and dissemination of TAS and were developed and established with the agreement of all partners.

Also, the activities consisted in initiating, developing and conducting research to establish the methodology and working methods that were applied (especially for their adaptation to the online environment), the necessary topics and materials and the selection of people who carried out these activities.

Events: 25 events-WORKLABS, 5 Multiplier events, 1 International Conference, 3 International WEBINARS have been carried out within this project.
Total: 34 events

 

EVENT 1 – WORKLAB THESIS I

Belgium: Youth Perspectives on Migration: Responsibilities & Expectations

Participation: The event involved 26 participants from Belgium.

Location / Dates: The event took place online, on 28 May 2020.

Short description:  The aim of the event was to revisit migration narratives from different perspectives;

address the previous and current situation of migration, stereotypes, challenges to migrants and policy makers; give the opportunity to young participants to address their expectations and responsibilities about migration. There were two speakers who contributed to the discussions. First speaker was Dr Sinem Yilmaz who recently finished her PhD on integration of migrants at Ghent University. She talked about the history of migration, stereotypes and the process of migration and integration in European countries.  She shared relevant data and sources to give more concrete information about these issues.

The second speaker was Adriana Thiago who is the Young Women Coordinator at European Network of Migrant Women. During her presentation, she focused on different experiences of young migrant women in every stage of migration journey. She shared some case studies and talked about specific challenges and vulnerabilities of this group. The workshop was moderated by Ebubekir Isik who works as a Senior Policy Analyst at Vocal Europe. 21 participants including speakers and organisers joined the workshop and they actively contributed to the discussions by asking questions and sharing their knowledge and experiences.

At the end of the workshop, every participant was requested to complete the evaluation form to express their feedback about the workshop.

Italy: Narratives of migration

Participation: The event involved 24 citizens from Italy.

Location / Dates: The event took place for a first part online on 05/06/2020 and then, for widen the range of involved participants, in Catania (Catania, Italy) on 29/07/2020
Short description:  The aim of the event was to represent the condition of young migrants who live in Catania and are hosted by communities for unaccompanied foreign minors, with narrative of the condition of Italian migrants abroad in past years through videos and interviews to Italian people that is still living abroad and testimonies of young migrants and operators of the communities.

Portugal: Young people and the narratives for migration

Participation: The event involved 24 citizens, including 17 participants from Portugal, 1 participant from the country Angola, 5 participants from Brazil, 1 participant from Cape Vert.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Lisbon, Portugal (online), from 02/06/2020 to 02/06/2020, online

Short description:  The aim of the event was to explain and review the current narratives on migration in Portugal and Europe and present and discuss prejudices and stereotypes about migration. Themes related to contemporary narratives, prejudices and stereotypes among migrants and myths and realities about migrations were discussed. One speaker contributed to the discussions, Emellin de Oliveira, of Centro de Investigação & Desenvolvimento sobre Direito e Sociedade (CEDIS) of NOVA School of Law. She pointed out that among the factors that push young people to migrate are unemployment; insecurity (persecution and human rights violations); few resources; political and/or economic instability and also other environmental causes. But, the positive responses to these conditions, attract migrants for a society, existing availability and better employment conditions; security and protection; freedom of religion, political participation, association, expression; availability of resources and environmental security. At the end of the WorkLab, each participant was requested to complete the evaluation form to express his/her feedback. About feedback received from participants, 13 participants filled out the evaluation form. According to the results, the “WorkLab Thesis I” met their expectations a lot (76,9%); totally (15,4%) and reasonably (7,7%).

 

Romania: Migration – historical, social and political perspectives

Participation: the event involved 30 citizens aged 18-35 from Romania and had 3 speakers.

Location / Dates: TAS Labs 1 took place in Oradea, Romania, on the 9th June 2020, online

Short description:  The main objective of the event was to familiarize the audience with basic notions about migration in general and how local migration in the area of Oradea has helped create the current multiculturalism and local diversity.  The event opened with a presentation of ACTA as well as of the project and the project partners, delivered by Mihaela Popovici.  Next, Anca Mile, coordinator of TAS workshops, spoke about migration from a natural ecological perspective. Florentina Barta delivered an interactive presentation of migration in the area of Oradea and Romania. The presentation raised questions and allowed time for debate on various topics regarding migrants, perception of migrants, reasons behind migration etc. The audience was actively involved in the topics raised.  The event was positively appreciated by the audience, according to the feedback forms received.

 

Serbia: Refugees and Migrants, Populist Propaganda and Hate-Speech in the Media and Social Networks in Serbia and Europe

Participation: The event involved 22 participants from Serbia.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 3rd June 2020.

Short description: The workshop has an aim to inform participants about refugees and migrants in Serbia, and to analyse how refugees and migrants are/were presented in the media, with a focus on populist propaganda and hate-speech in the media and social networks in Serbia and Europe. There were two speakers who contributed to the discussion. First speaker was Dr Milan Koljanin, Senior Researcher from Institute for Contemporary History in Belgrade. Professor Koljanin presented the topic “Refugees and Migrants in Serbia 1918-1941”. The second speaker was Misko Stanisic, Director of Terraforming, Serbia. His topic was “Refugees and Migrants, Populist Propaganda and Hate Speech in Media and Social Media”. 22 participants including speakers and organizers joined the workshop and they actively contributed to the discussions by asking questions and sharing their knowledge and experiences.

EVENT 2 – WORKLAB THESIS II

Belgium: Refugee Integration: Opportunities, Challenges and Agency

Participation: The event involved 32 citizens, including 29 participants from Belgium and 3 participants from Portugal.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 23 July 2020.

Short description:  The aim of the event was to analyse the specific situation of refugees, address their pathways to labour market integration and discuss the role of agency in resettlement process of refugees. There were two guest speakers who contributed to the discussions. First speaker was Hanna Schneider who is a PhD researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. She talked about the role of agency in the resettlement process of refugees. She gave examples about the early integration experiences of refugees who resettled to Germany. The second speaker was Eleonora Lamio who is a Project manager at Diesis Network in Belgium. Her presentation focused on refugees’ access to the labour market in Europe and Belgium. She shared relevant statistical data and mentioned their labour market integration projects as case studies. As part of staff rotation in the Project, Catia Lopes from Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr joined the workshop and delivered a short presentation about their organisation and evaluated the issues from Portuguese context. The workshop was moderated by Ebubekir Isik who works as a Senior Policy Analyst at Vocal Europe.

32 participants including speakers and organisers joined the workshop and they actively contributed to the discussions by asking questions and sharing their knowledge and experiences.

At the end of the workshop, every participant was requested to write a question to be asked to a policy maker. This request was integrated to the evaluation form to give more time for participants to think about the questions.

Italy: The march of the invisibles
Participation: The event involved 19 citizens, including 1 participant from Romania and 18 participants from Italy.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on the 03 August 2020
Short description:  The aim of the event was to representation the condition of welcoming of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors by the Italian school system, with the support of a professor from the University of Catania, Dr. Augusto Gamuzza, who led a research on the issue. He led the meeting, representing the results of his research and soliciting the debate between participants.

Portugal: Narratives on Migration

Participation: The event involved 23 citizens, including 18 participants Portugal, 2 participants from Brazil, 2 participants from Cape Vert, and 1 participant from Italy.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 25/06/2021, online

Short description:  The aim of the event was to analyze the current narratives about migration; deconstruct situations of discrimination and racism and know european narratives – Italy case. Topics related to racism, diaspora narratives, policies for diversity, fake news, among others, were addressed. In this sharing of knowledge, participants had the opportunity to, on the basis of facts and reality, reflect on and critically discuss these issues.

Tai Barroso, co-creator of Diasporic Narratives, highlighted, from the book by Grada Kilomba Plantation Memories – Episodes of Everyday Racism, the 5 mechanisms that white individuals use to defend their ego: Denial, Guilt; Shame; Recognition and Reparation. In a subject which has been most controversial at national and even international level, some examples were mentioned: the social reparations needed as a consequence of the enslavement of Black people, as well as the social reparations to people of Jewish families, who have a right to citizenship if they match the defined criteria. That is to say, that Reparation exists and can happen.

Alexandra Santos, showed how important subjectivity is. It’s essential to realize that stereotypes stop us from thinking about subjectivities, about different contexts, or about diversities. She also emphasized the issue of power, which maintains itself also by removing subjectivity, the various contexts of where we are from, contexts which lead to our complexity and which bind us in our diversity. Santos also talked about post-colonialism, stating that colonialism, even with a different face or in distinct forms, continues to exist. As for the integration of migrants, Alexandra Santos raised some questions: When we talk about integration, what do we talk about and why? When we say that we are integrating migrants, who are we talking about? Who defines what is being a migrant, and who is a migrant and who is not?

This WorkLab‘s final comments were made by the researcher Gianluca Scerri of the NGDO Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti (COPE), a partner in the project, who used his presentation to focus on the importance of fighting against fake news, so that the ongoing debate revolves around truth and facts. The WorkLab was facilitated and moderated by IMVF. At the end of the WorkLab, every participant was requested to complete the evaluation form to express their feedback about it. According to the results, the overall organisation of the workshop was very good (50%), and good (50%).

Romania: Migrants narratives- opportunities and challenges

Participation: the event involved 28 participants from Romania, 1 from Serbia, 1 from Germany, 2 from UK, 1 from the Netherlands, 1 from USA

Location / Dates: took place online, on the 4th of August 2020.

Short description: this WorkLab focused on the topic of migration from the migrant’s perspective both from and to Romania. The speakers Francis Moses-USA, Migues Ferreira- Portugal, Raluca Bunea- Berlin, Germany, Alex Cheregi- London, UK, Tudor Popovici- Delf, the Netherlands, Delia Pantecan- London, UK, comprised the following topics in their narratives:

– reasons for leaving/ coming to Romania

– In what ways has your nationality influenced the reaction of the people you met (stories of exclusion, biases or of acceptance and appreciation)

– The influence your experience abroad has had on their national identity

The contribution from our project partner Misko Stanisic from Terraforming, Serbia, shedded light on the distinction between migrants and refugees.

The questions from the audience referred to how how the pandemic situation has negatively influenced the situation of migrants (Carolina Jurcau), how European identity differs from international identity (Horea Silaghi). The discussions were vivid, sensible and informative and the audience received the event very positively, according to the feedback forms submitted. Also, the participants asked the policymakers with very actual and interesting questions.

 

Serbia: Migrants and Refugees: Personal Experiences

Participation: The event involved 23 participants, including 19 participants from Serbia, 1 from  Netherlands, 1 from Sweden, 1 from  Malta and 1 from Belgium.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 21st September  2020.

Short description: The topic of TAS Lab 2 was “Migrants and Refugees: Personal Experiences” with guest speakers from The Netherlands, Sweden, Malta, Belgium and Serbia.

During the workshop participants had a chance to hear personal story from Mr. Pavle Konatar, Integration Officer at the Municipality of Amsterdam and his experience as a refugee from the 1990’s war in Bosnia and as asylum seeker in the Netherlands. Mr. Igor Dimić, Staff Trainer at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service’s Competence Center, shared his personal experience from the time he and his family were refugees from the war in Croatia in 1990’s, about the life in refugee camps in Sweden and his struggle to find his place in the new country. Ms. Ljiljana Ćumura, sociologist and researcher, introduced challenges, initiatives and integration programs for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into the education system in Malta, illustrated with examples from personal experiences and various projects. A special guest from the partnering organization Vocal Europe from Brussels, Dr Sinem Yilmaz, spoke about the questions discussed during the TAS Lab workshop they recently hosted.  Moderator of the workshop was Mr. Miško Stanišić, director and co-founder of Terraforming. During the very interesting, constructive and emotional discussion Terraforming team collected valuable information’s and set of questions for policy-makers that will be used for the next projects activities.

EVENT 3 – WORKLAB ANTITHESIS I

Belgium: Rethinking Migration Policies in the Context of a Pandemic

Participation: The event involved 34 citizens, including 32 participants from Belgium, 1 from Italy and 1 from Germany.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 8 December 2020.

Short description:  The aim of the event was to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on policy-making vis-à-vis migrants and to discuss how migration policies could be included in response and recovery efforts from this pandemic. There were three guest speakers who contributed to the discussions. The first speaker was Leïla Bodeux, a policy and advocacy officer from Caritas Europa. As an expert on asylum and migration policies, she gave a presentation on the different types of impacts migrants and refugees experience along their migratory journey, and she shared with the audience some positive elements related to COVID-19 with regard to the migration narrative, and, lastly, what kind of policy Caritas would like to see on the agenda.  The second speaker was Loredana Teodorescu, who is the head of EU and International Affairs at the Instituto Luigi Sturzo in Rome and a research associate of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels. Being specialised in EU policies and migration, she shared her insights on how the

pandemic influences the EU Strategy on migration, what is new and which are the perspectives of the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum. Finally, the last one that presented was Christof Roos, a junior professor European and Global Governance at the University of Flensburg and also an associate researcher at the Institute for

European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As a scholar specialised in EU Migration and Asylum Policies and border and mobility policies, he made an intervention on how the health crisis is a critical juncture that may allow for changes in migration policies, and he also shared with the audience research questions that are relevant on the intersection of migration policies and EU studies. In total, 34 participants, including speakers and organisers, joined the workshop and actively contributed to the discussions by asking questions and sharing their knowledge and experiences. 16 participants completed the evaluation survey. According to the results, the overall organisation of the workshop was found very good (93.8%).

Italy: The Italy of hate: xenophobia and discriminatory campaigns against migrants in the digital era
Participation: The event involved 16 participants from Italy and 1 participant in staff rotation from Romania

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 29/10/2020
Short description:  The aim of the event was narrate stereotypes and xenophobia towards migrants, by the experience of Luca Faenzi, communication manager of the NGO “Mediterranea Saving Humans” that deals with rescue of migrants in Mediterranean. Thus he talked about the experience of the NGO during the rescue and on the social, where it is recipient of xenophobia and discriminatory campaigns as same as the migrants they save.

Portugal: The narratives on migration and how to fight fake news

Participation: The event involved 29 citizens, including 23 participants from Portugal, 5 participants from Brazil, 1 participant from Cape Vert.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 16/11/2020 to 16/11/2020, online.

Short description:  The aim of the event was presenting actual narratives on migrations and discuss about how to fight fake news on migrations. Themes related to narratives about migration and fake news, were addressed. In this sharing of knowledge, participants had the opportunity to, on the basis of facts and reality, reflect on and critically discuss these issues. Ana Paula Costa presented the project Migra Myths – Demystifying Immigration, which aims to contribute to the fight against stereotypes, myths and fake news related to immigration. Ana Paula Costa said that “narratives are always a power struggle,” and it is necessary to counter established narratives about migrants through a counter-story supported by data and factual information. She also stressed the importance of the role of the media in counter-narratives and in combating fake news, as well as attention to the sources through which information is shared. Ricardo Ribeiro began by highlighting the differences between fake news and misinformation, stating that “traditional media have been promoting misinformation” and that newspapers focus on speed and quantity rather than quality. Ricardo Ribeiro mentioned some ways to fight fake news, highlighting the importance of hearing testimonies and reports in the first person and the need to think about media literacy tools in schools. After the debate, during which the participants had the opportunity to ask several questions to the speakers on related themes, a video was shown in which the Portuguese MEP Isabel Santos answered 3 questions put by the participants of the WorkLab Thesis II: Narratives on migration:

-In practice, what role can young people play in implementing policies for the reception and integration of immigrants?

-How can the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in the EU be mitigated with consequences for their countries/communities of origin?

-If migration is a right, what is the meaning of Frontex?

At the end of the WorkLab, each participant was requested to complete the evaluation form to express their feedback about it. According to the results, the overall organisation of the workshop was very good (81,8%), and good (9,1%).

Romania: Migrants and refugees – Realities versus myths and stereotypes

Participation: the event involved 35 participants from Romania

Location / Dates: the event took place on the 19.11.2020, online and focused on the topic of stereotypes concerning migrants and refugees vs reality.

Short description:  this WorkLab focused on the topic of stereotypes concerning migrants and refugees vs reality.on the topic „Migrants and refugees – Realities versus myths and stereotypes”. Our guests were policy-makers and experts in migrants and refugees field.

The speakers- Gabriela Leu representative of UNHCR and Flavius Iloni Loga representative of LOGS Association- discussed about the differences between migrants and refugees and why the distinction is important for a wider understanding of the process of migration. They presented statistics and stories of migrants and refugees and the process they went through until they arrived in Romania. They also presented ways in which Romanian NGOs and authorities deal with their integration. Some of the topics discussed were proposed by the participants in the previous workshop.  The participants asked questions regarding legal procedures migrants and refugees have to go through and about the effectiveness of the methods of integration presented.  The event lasted for 2 hours and it consisted of comprehensive presentations and animated discussion on Zoom platform and live on ACTA’s Facebook page.

 

Serbia: Migration Policies: The Responses of Decision Makers to Questions by Youth from Serbia

Participation: The event involved 15 participants from Serbia.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 10th November 2021.

Short description: The mail goal was to learn more about migration policies, challenges and good practices in the field of migration, refugees and asylum.

Mr. Misko Stanisic, director of Terraforming, introduced results from the previous two TAS Lab workshops and the process of collecting questions from young people from Serbia for policy makers and decision-makers active in the field of migration, refugees and asylum. Ms. Ljiljana Cumura, project manager in Terraforming, moderated the whole workshop and gave an overview of the TAS Migration Labs project, main goals, planned activities, partners, donors, expected results etc.

Participants had a chance to hear an interview with Ms. Svetlana Velimirović, deputy commissioner (Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia) and to learn more about migration policies in the Republic of Serbia. Ms. Velimirovic gave answers on questions that young people prepared during the previous TAS Lab workshop.

Professor dr Natalija Perišić from the Faculty for Political Sciences University of Belgrade, coordinator of Migration, integration and governance research centre – MIGREC project, and Mr. Radoš Đurović, executive director of the Center for Protection and Assistance for Asylum Seekers in Serbia, participated as guests in a very interesting discussion with young participants. Useful information’s and recommendations regarding migration policies were collected during the workshop and will be shared wider.

EVENT 4 – WORKLAB ANTITHESIS II

Belgium: Underrepresentation of Migrants as Legitimate Voices in Europe

Participation: The event involved 31 citizens, including 28 participants from Belgium, 1 from Italy, 1 from Romania and 1 from Netherlands.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 17 March 2021.

Short description: The workshop aimed to examine migrants’ lack of representation in the European migration debate, and the role of the media in perpetuating this.

There were two guest speakers who contributed to the discussions. The first speaker was Dr. Koen Leurs who is an assistant professor in Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Graduate Gender Program, Department of Media and Culture at Utrecht University. He talked about migrant youth and digital media. More specifically, Dr. Leurs detailed how migrants have been early adopters of digital technologies, how smartphones have been used a personal digital archive for migrants and how self-representation online matters.

The second speaker was Jérôme Gonnot who is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the ITFLOWS project at the Migration Policy Centre. His presentation focused on drivers and attitudes to migrants’ integration in European host societies. He shared relevant statistical data to illustrate the legal, geographical, demographic, cultural and political barriers to migrants’ integration. As part of staff rotation in the Project, Anca Mile from the ACTA Center joined the workshop and delivered a short presentation about her organisation. The workshop was moderated by Clara Ohayon who works as a Policy Researcher at Vocal Europe.

26 participants including speakers and organisers joined the workshop and they actively contributed to the discussions by asking questions and sharing their knowledge and experiences. 13 participants completed the evaluation survey. According to the results, the overall organisation of the workshop was very good (100%).

 

Italy: Deconstructing Stereotypes and Prejudices

Participation: The event involved 26 citizens, including 1 participant from Novi Sad (Serbia) in staff rotation, 25 participants from Italy

Location / Dates: The event took place online on the 15/03/2021
Short description:  The aim of the event was to engage participant, starting from real situations, in simulation activities and gamified dynamics to deconstruct in first person stereotypes. A video about stereotypes was shared and, after, participants were divided into breakout rooms for the group work, where they could discuss and interact with each other. Finally, in the plenary session group results were shared and stereotypes revealed.

 

Portugal: Narratives on Migration and the Media

Participation: The event involved 57 citizens, including 44 participants from Portugal, 1 participant from Angola, 1 participant from Belgium, 9 participants from Brazil, 2 participants from Cape Vert.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 25/02/2021 to 25/02/2021, online.

Short description: The aim of the event was present real narratives that are in agreement with current migration and analyse how migrants are represented by media in Portugal and Belgium. Themes related to narratives about migration and the media narratives associated with the pandemic crisis associated to migrants, refugees and other internals, where worked. In this sharing of knowledge, participants had the opportunity to, on the basis of facts and reality, reflect on and critically discuss these issues. It was facilitated by the (De)Othering project team from the Centre for Social Studies of the Coimbra University, represented by Rita Santos and Sílvia Roque, and the partner Vocal Europe, represented by Felix Dejaiffe. In this WorkLab we did the partners’ staff rotation. At the end of the WorkLab, each participant was requested to complete the evaluation form to express their feedback about it. The overall organization of the WorkLab was very good (39.1%), good (52.2%) and average (8.7%).

 

Romania: Awareness about Migration through the media

Participation: the event involved 35 participants from Romania, 1 from Portugal, 1 from Afganistan

Location / Dates: the event took place on the 5.03.2021 online

Short description:  this event focused on the topic of awareness about migration through media. Flavius Iloni Loga representative of the Association LOGS presented facts about the current migration crisis in Timisoara and how media helped to mobilize the civil society into taking steps towards alleviating the problem.

LOGS Association opperates in the field of assistance to asylum seekers and refugees, coordinates a center for asylum seekers and a regional integration center for refugees.

A volunteer from LOGS – Mujib Bassim- gave the audience a first-hand account of what it means to be a volunteer with refugees and the motivation behind their actions.

Mujib Bassim is originally from Afghanistan and has lived in Timisoara for 6 years. He is student and is passionate about football and IT. He speaks 4 languages and has been involved in community activities for immigrants and refugees in Timisoara. He is an intercultural mediator and translator for LOGS – Group of Initiatives from 2020. He is one of the most important volunteers in LOGS, offering translation services in assisting hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan, on the streets of Timisoara.

Ricardo Ribeiro, Portugal, spoke of the role of independent media and the importance of investigative journalism in uncovering the true nature of events.

Ricardo Esteves Ribeiro is a reporter and co-founder of Newspaper Fumaça, an independent, progressive and dissident journalism project in audio format which focus on investigative journalism and having time to think. He won the Gazeta Revelation Award 2018 with the audio-documentary series “Palestine, stories of an occupied country” and was the author of the series “That is Europe”, about the “fortress” that the European Union created to keep (some) immigrants and refugees out.

The participants asked questions regarding the attitude of local communities regarding migrants and refugees and how authorities deal with the problem. They also inquired about the difficulties of independent media projects and about the motivation such journalists have.  The event consisted of comprehensive presentations and animated discussion.

Serbia: Fake News About Migrants and Migration Issues

Participation: The event involved 34 participants, including 31 from Serbia and 3 from Italy

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 22 February 2021,

Short description: The mail goal of the TAS Lab 4 was to learn more about media, disinformation, how to detect it, critical thinking, about fake news in the field of migration, refugees and asylum. The workshop was held online, with young people, students and experts from Serbia and abroad. Mr. Misko Stanisic, director of Terraforming, wished a warm welcome to all participants and gave an overview of the TAS Migration Labs project, main goals, planned activities, partners, donors, expected results etc. Ms. Ljiljana Cumura, project manager in Terraforming, moderated the whole workshop and introduced guest-speakers and moderate discussion. Ms. Chiara Wieben, from partner organisation CO.P.E Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti (Italy) had a presentation with the topic “Fake News About Migrants – Situation in Italy”. Ms. Aleksandra Nikšić, Service Editor BBC News Serbian shared her experience as a journalist and spoke about “Reporting on Migrants and Refugess – Challenges and Obstacles a Journalist Needs to Be Aware Of”. The third presenter was Mr. Milan Kuzmanović, master of media and communication from Center for Social Stability, Serbia. His topic was “Fake News Concerning Refugees and Migrants. Fighting Disinformation Through Corrective Action and Censorship Support”. Miško Stanišić prepared a poll “My Experience with Fake News” and an interesting discussion followed.

 

EVENT 5 – WORKLAB SYNTHESIS

Belgium: THE WAY FORWARD – Addressing Narratives on Common Stereotypes and Misconceptions About Migration Through Intercultural Dialogue

Participation: The event involved 33 citizens, including 23 participants from Belgium, 3 from Greece, 2 from Spain, 1 from Italy, 1 from Slovakia, 1 from Denmark, 1 from Germany and 1 from the UK.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 1 June 2021.

Short description: The workshop aimed to synthesise the learning outcomes of the previous Labs and look at the possible ways to address narratives on common stereotypes and misconceptions in the future, mainly through intercultural dialogue and media portrayal. At the beginning of the session, moderator from Vocal Europe shared a presentation about the project and already gathered learning outcomes. As some of the participants were present at the previous workshops and some joined for the first time, this brief summary of what has been previously discussed allowed for all participants to have the same starting point.

There were two guest speakers who contributed to the discussions. The first speaker was Mr. Nasruddin Nizami from Greek Council for Refugees, who is also a board member of an NGO called Solomon, which uses media as a tool for social inclusion and change. Mr. Nizami has a very interesting personal story as a migrant himself and he shared practical perspective on the topic. The second presentation focused on migrants’ portrayal in media, delivered by professor Carlos Arcila Calderón from University of Salamanca. He also shared insights from his research on the European project called Preventing Hate Against Refugees and Migrants.

23 participants including speakers and organisers joined the workshop and they actively contributed to the discussions by asking questions and sharing their knowledge and experiences. At the end of the workshop, every participant was asked to fill in a questionnaire about recommendations for policy makers and relevant stakeholders. Data from this questionnaire was used to formulate the recommendation paper, which serves as an outcome of the project and will be presented at the Final Conference.

Italy: Stories of integration: notes for a new Europe

Participation: The event involved  22 citizens, including 1 participant from the city of Palagonia (Italy), 2 participant from the city of Mascalucia (Italy), 2 participant from San Michele di Ganzaria (Italy), 1 participant from Giarre (Italy), 16 participants from Catania (Italy)

Location / Dates: The event took place online, from 24/05/2021  to 24/05/2021
Short description: The aim of the event was to go deeper into the most interesting topics and questions debated during the past Workshops in order to have a clear overall vision and to be able to develop together with the participants the first draft of the position paper which have been presented to policy decision makers during the project’s final conference in Brussel. The workshop was structured in two parts: the first part for addressing the main topics dealed with during the project:

-The transition to adulthood of unaccompanied foreign minors: strengths and weaknesses of

the Italian reception system;

-Combating Fake News and Hate Speech related to migrants and minorities;

-Freedom of movement: Europe’s walls and the Charter of Lampedusa;

The second part for dividing participants into three breakout rooms for discussing and interacting for thought and elaborating recommendations to propose for the position paper. Some extra materials to analyze were given to the participants in the working groups, so that they could have a more complete view of the issue. The conclusions and recommendations were then summarized on a padlet wall and explained in a plenary session.

Portugal: Migrate with Dignity

Participation: The event involved 24 citizens, including 21 participants from Portugal, 1 participant from Brazil, 1 participant from Guinea Bissau, 1 participant from Cape Vert.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 28/05/2021 to 28/05/2021, online.

Short description: The aim of the event was to understand the (un)sustainable models of migrant work, namely slave labour and reflect on the role that young people can play in promoting participatory and conscious citizenship within this scope. Vasco Malta, Head of Mission at IOM Portugal, and Felizmelo Borja, Student at the Instituto Politécnico de Beja, were the speakers. Through a quiz held live with the participants, Vasco Malta presented some figures, facts and curiosities about migration in Portugal and worldwide. We learned that, in 2019:

About 600,000 foreign people live in Portugal with a residence permit;

Brazilian nationality is the most representative nationality of foreigners residing in Portugal for over 10 years;

There are 272 million international migrants (representing 3.5% of the world’s population);

The majority of migrants come from India, with an estimated 17.5 million citizens living outside the country;

The main destination country for migrants is the United States of America. In his testimony, Felizmelo Borja shared his personal experience and the situations he observes as a migrant in Alentejo. Since he arrived in Alentejo to study in 2017, he has noticed that the working conditions of migrants and all the issues associated with them have been getting worse over time.

“Talking about migration in Alentejo is sad, because we will be talking about slave labour.”

Felizmelo Borja, Student at Instituto Politécnico de Beja.

At the end of the WorkLab, every participant was requested to complete the evaluation form to express their feedback about it. The overall organization of the WorkLab was very good by the majority of participants (90%) and good (10%).

 

Romania: Conclusions and insights

Participation: 30 citizens from Romania, 1 from Jordan

Location / Dates: took place on 12.06.2021 in physical format

Short description:  the event focused on Migration Labs – conclusions and insights and we were honored to have special guests as speakers:

Ms. Nisreen Rubaian, representative of UNHCR, president of United Nations Refugee Agency in Romania

Ms. Gabriela Leu, member of UNHCR, United Nation Refugee Agency

During the workshop, the participants engaged in debates, activities and simulations to develop their own narratives and developed a country recommendation paper for EU policymakers that will be presented during the final event in Brussels. The participants were informed about the EU Solidarity Corps, Structured Dialogues and similar opportunities at European level. The participants asked questions regarding the attitude of local communities regarding migrants and refugees and how authorities deal with the problem. They also inquired about the difficulties of independent media projects and about the motivation such journalists have.

 

Serbia: Active role of young people in creating migration policies

Participation: The event involved 19 participants from Serbia.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on  26th May 2021

Short description: We ended the series of workshops with TAS Lab 5 on the topic “Active role of young people in creating migration policies”, where a group of participants in previous workshops presented proposals for recommendations for improving migration policies. At the workshop, we finalized these recommendations through discussions, as well as a set of questions for the representatives and decision-makers in the European Parliament in Brussels. Recommendations in the field of education, employment, security and the role of the media in creating migration policies were presented by: Simonida Vukadinović, Faculty of Business Economics, Educons University, Ivana Macak, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, Sofija Savić, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad and Aleksandar Radin, B.Sc. historian. The moderator of the workshop was Milan Kuzmanović.

MULTIPLIER EVENT

BELGIUM: Migration Labs results: experts’ view

Participation: The event involved 23 participants. Due to the nature of the event, we collected information on the Organisation / Institution that the participants were from instead of the country.

Location / Dates: The event took place online on 18 August 2021

Short description: The event aimed to target professional audience, to introduce the project results, present the recommendation papers prepared by youth and share opinions of relevant experts from the migration field.

At the beginning of the session, moderator from Vocal Europe shared a presentation about the project (donor, duration, partners, methodology, results) and the recommendations from youth from 5 partner countries. While all the participating experts have received a set of all recommendation papers in advance, this summary of most common recommendations allowed for all participants to have the same starting point and ensured that the recommendations were disseminated to everyone joining the event.

Consequently, the main part of the event program focused on the discussion of experts about these recommendations and the topic of migration policy in general.

First expert who contributed to the debate was Mr. Noel Salazar from Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC) at the KU Leuven. He stressed the important role young people play in the online discussion platforms and the necessity of civil society to actively participate in the process of change. He also invited young people to not hesitate to take their recommendations even further.

The second speaker, Ms. Marina Bulatovic from Euractiv and apart from her comments on the recommendation papers, she also contributed to the debate with more personal perspective as she also shared her personal experience with migration to Belgium.

The third expert contributing to the debate was Mr. Richard Lewis from Institute for European Studies, Brussels School of Governance at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The stated he was impressed by and agreed with the recommendation papers from young participants and he further suggested that they could be extended by certain mentoring initiatives which would help arriving migrants to receive necessary guidance during the integration process, which is not a straightforward but rather a complex one.

Fourth contribution to the discussion was by Ms. Aurélie Sgro, a Senior Project Manager in charge of the “EU Global Diaspora Facility” from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). In her input, she stressed the importance of projects and activities similar to the TAS LABs and invited to look ahead at the next steps to ensure follow-up of the current efforts. She also presented a few practical examples of opportunities that could be used to build on the recommended actions.

Finally, Ms. Yagmur Arica from European Network of Migrant Women spoke on behalf of the group Radical Girlsss and suggested that the recommendations could further include focus on dual curriculum in education and mainly on sex aggregated data.

After these experts presented their contribution, one question from the audience related to the Dublin system was addressed and then the moderator concluded the event with invitation for all participants to follow the project website https://tasmigrationlab.eu/ for more interesting content.

ITALY: Tas Labs Multiplier Event

Participation: The event involved 39 participants. Due to the nature of the event, we collected information on the Organisation / Institution that the participants were from instead of the country.

Location / Dates: The event took place ON 19th June 2021 in presence and online on 28 June2021

Short description: The event aimed to present project’s results, recommendation papers provided by young participants and share opinions of volunteers and third sector operators from the migration field. At the beginning of the session, moderator from Co.P.E. shared a presentation about the project (donor, duration, partners, methodology, results) and the recommendations from youth from 5 partner countries.  Consequently, the main part of the event program focused on the discussion about the recommendations and the topic of migration policy in general.

PORTUGAL: Tas Labs Multiplier Event

Participation: The event involved 16 citizens, experts, professionals and general public.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 07/07/2021 online.

Short description: The Multiplier Event, organised by IMVF in Portugal, was on 7 July 2021, online, with 16 participants. The event aimed to target professional audience, to introduce the project results, the Europe for Citizens programme, in the future the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme, and the European Solidarity Corps.

IMVF is part of a network of Municipal Councils in Portugal, so it organized a presentation session – the Multiplier Event of TAS project, with technicians from the Municipal Councils. They are technicians from municipalities, which have a strong presence of migrant population.

At the beginning of the session, IMVF shared a presentation about the project – donor, duration, partners, methodology and results. Then introduce the Europe for Citizens programme, in the future the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme, and the European Solidarity Corps. At the end we also shared opinions about migrations.

ROMANIA: Tas Labs Multiplier Event

Participation: the event involved 25 participants from Romania

Location / Dates: the event took place in Oradea, Romania, on August 26, 2021, in physical format

Short description: the event aimed to disseminate the results of the Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis-Migration Labs AS project and addressed young people, professionals and stakeholders in the field of migration. The audience was informed about the European Solidarity Corps and the activities developed by the volunteers.

This event included also presentation session of young people who participated in the Final Conference in Brussels.

At the beginning of the session, was presentation of the objectives and results of the project, then the public was introduced to the European Solidarity Corps and Europe for Citizens program. At the end of the event, the public shared their views on the phenomenon of migration.

 

SERBIA: Tas Labs Multiplier Event

Participation: the event involved 52 participants from Serbia, including 47 citizens and 5 journalist

Location / Dates: the event took place in Novi Sad (hotel Sheraton), Serbia, on August 26, 2021, in physical format

Short description: TAS Lab Multiplier Event (ME) was held on 26th August 2021 in Novi Sad with 47 participants – teachers from primary and secondary schools throughout Serbia, representatives of the media, civil sector, educational institutions, as well as the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia.

During the Multiplier Event Ms. Ljiljana Ćumura, project manager, introduced participants and guests to the goals, activities and results of the TAS Migration Labs project. She also shared experiences from participation in the final conference held in August in Brussels, where representatives of Terraforming presented recommendations and guidelines for the development of migration policies and participated in a dialogue with decision-makers and representatives of the European Parliament.

 

WEBINARS

Webinar I: Migrations past and present: comparative experiences and historical lessons

Participation: the event involved 60 citizens from Serbia and abroad (Romania, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Austria etc.)

Location / Dates: the webinar was held on 9th June 2020 on Zoom platform.

Short description: During the webinar we had an opportunity to look at the past and current experiences of Serbia as a host and transit country for refugees and migrants. We compared Serbian with Swedish experiences as one of the desired destination countries for refugees and migrants. In addition, we gave a closer look at the case of the Jewish Refugees from Nazis, its outcomes and historical lessons. Brankica Janković, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality of the Republic of Serbia presented the topic “Transit Country and the Final Destination: Serbian Experiences”. Dr Susanne Heim, Political Scientist and Historian of National Socialism, the Holocaust and International Refugee Policy from Germany, spoke about Jewish Refugees from Nazism. Patrick Gruczkun, from the Gothenburg regional association of local authorities in Sweden gave an overview of the Sweden and the Migrants.

 

Webinar II: New Pact on Migration and Asylum: The Future of Dublin Regulation

Participation: the event involved 32 citizens from 10 countries

Location / Dates: the webinar was held on 3rd December 2020 on Zoom platform.

Short description: During the webinar participants had the opportunity to learn more about the Dublin system and the new changes to the EU migration policy presented by the European Commission last September. Starting from a political-normative overview, the webinar offered two perspectives on the topic; first, the Dublin Regulation and New Migration Pact addressed from Policy perspective and, secondly, from the perspective of NGOs operating with migrants.

The first speaker, Professor Florian Trauner, holder of the Jean Monnet Chair EXACT (Explaining EU Action in Counter-Terrorism) and director of the VUB’s Master Programme on European and International Governance, held a presentation on the new proposal for reform of the Dublin system entitled “The Commission’s Pact on Migration and Asylum: a policy analysis”. More specifically, he addressed the key challenges that the European Union has been facing in current years regarding migration, as the increasing number of asylum seekers and the uneven distribution of asylum applications. Furthermore, Professor Trauner also spoke about the changes and innovations that the new Pact might bring at an European level. After the first Q&A moment, during which participants asked questions and expressed their opinions and observations about the first presentation, the webinar went on with a second presentation.  The presentation “Ad Hoc Temporary Relocation” held by Giuseppe Platania, PhD candidate in political science and sociology at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and researcher for borderline Sicilia and borderline Europe, shed light on the weaknesses of the Dublin Regulation. In particular, he addressed the closed port policy and disembarkation crisis that Ngos operating in the Mediterranean Sea had to face, along with the difficult and prolonged relocation procedure for asylum seekers. Each of the two presentations, which offered two different points of view and food for thought to reflect on, was followed by debate and discussion moments with participants from more than 10 countries joining the webinar. This second expert webinar was organized by the Italian partner Co.P.E. Ngo and the Belgian partner Vocal Europe.

 

Webinar III: “We don’t want strangers”: Racism and Discrimination in Migration

Participation: The event involved 51 citizens.

Location / Dates: The event took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 21/05/2021, online.

Short description: On the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, IMVF organised the Webinar “We don’t want strangers” – Racism and Discrimination in Migration, which took place on 21 May 2021, with 51 participants, in online format, through the Zoom platform and live on IMVF’s Facebook page. To learn more about the impact of racism and discrimination on the migration process, IMVF invited Juliana Wahlgren, from the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), and Emellin de Oliveira, researcher at the R&D Centre on Law and Society (Centro de I&D sobre Direito e Sociedade, CEDIS), for a moment of sharing and learning.

FINAL CONFERNCE – Voice for Youth: Migration Labs results

Participation: The event involved 56 citizens, 20 participants including the partner representatives were present at the venue in person, while 36 participants including the expert speakers joined virtually. 21 from Belgium, 7 from Portugal, 5 from Serbia, 5 from Romania, 3 from Italy, 3 from Germany, 2 from Greece, 1 from Turkey, 1 from France, 1 from the UK, 1 from Netherlands, 1 from Spain, and 5 participants have not indicated their country.

Location / Dates: The event took place on 10 August 2021 in a hybrid format – both online and physically in Belgium (Rue Froissart 95, 1040, Brussels).

Short description: The Conference aimed to introduce the project results, the learning outcomes from Labs and present the recommendation papers prepared by youth in 5 partner countries. The event empowered the youth and let the stakeholders and

policy makers directly know of the real needs and concerns of youth as far as migration policies and stereotypes.

While it was initially planned to organise the international event solely in offline format, the organisational team decided to use a hybrid format where participants could join both virtually and in person. This format thus allowed to follow restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemics and at the same time, it was also accessible to participants from various countries disregarding their current location. Organisation of a hybrid event was both more challenging and rewarding – it ensured safety and accessibility for broader spectrum of participants.

The event started at 10 am and the agenda was divided into 4 main parts. First was the introductory one where Vocal Europe presented the TAS Migration LABs

project, its partners and donor, and already implemented activities. Consequently, there was a first panel with expert speakers titled “How Can Youth’s Recommendations be Addressed by Relevant Stakeholders and Policy-Makers?” All expert speakers received the recommendation papers from each partner country in advance so they

could get acquainted with them and address them in their speeches. The first speaker was a member of the European Parliament, Mr. Thijs Reuten and while he was not able to

participate in person, he shared a virtual speech for young participants, where he stressed the importance of their involvement and encouraged them to continue their activity. The second speaker was Mr. Henri Malosse, former president of the European Economic and Social Committee, who invited the youth to search for innovative tools and not to fear unprecedented approaches. The third speaker was Alberto Horst Neidhardt, Policy Analyst from European Policy Center who stressed the importance and necessity of changes recommended by youth in their papers. The fourth speaker was a representative of International Organisation for Migration, a Regional Policy & Programme Analyst Ms. Rabab Ahmad who informed also about the recent EU developments in this field. The last speaker of the panel was Mr. Reshad Jalali who is a Policy Officer at ECRE and at the same time, a Member of the expert group on the views of migrants at the European Commission. He expressed his agreement with the proposed recommendations and concluded with examples of good practice.

The second panel of the event was devoted to more detailed presentations of the recommendation papers by young representatives from the partner countries. Mara Mile, Carolina Jurcau and Tudor Popovici were presenting recommendations from Romania, Barbara Sociale and Noemi Venticinque from Italy, Mariana Álvares and Madalena Carvalho

from Portugal, Aleksandar Radin and Simonida Vukadinovic from Serbia and Ahmad Wali Ahmad Yar and María Fernanda Ponce from Belgium. It was very interesting to observe common traits and similarities across all presented recommendations as well as the differences based on a specific local context.

The last part of the event was devoted to a more interactive activity, where young participants could exchange their opinions and experiences in a round-table discussion. They got to know their peers better, to share their personal opinions and to synthesise the lessons-learned. While this session was moderated by guiding open questions, the discussion took its natural flow and led to an interesting and constructive exchanges. Participants were very active and thanks to the more informal atmosphere, also very open. They stressed the importance of change primarily in the educational sector and the need for similar projects and activities as the TAS Migration LABs. They appreciated the knowledge they gained during the workshops and the possibility to actively engage in this topic. 20 participants including the partner representatives were present at the venue in person, while 36 participants including the expert speakers joined virtually. Participating policy- makers and stakeholders were from the EU institutions (EP, EC, EESC), UN institutions

(IOM, UNHCR), governmental institutions (Belgian development agency ENABEL), and various think-tanks and NGOs (European Policy Center, European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Union des étudiants exilés, Actiris, Humanity in Action The Netherlands) or academic institutions (Université Catholique de Louvain, Politécnico de Leiria).

 

TOATAL NUMBER OF TAS PARTICIPANTS = 938

Belgium = 157 participants/5 worklabs + 23 ME

Italy = 107 participants/5 worklabs + 39 ME

Portugal = 157 participants/5 worklabs + 16 ME

Romania = 158 participants/5 worklabs + 25 ME

Serbia = 160 participants/5 worklabs + 52 ME

 

Final Conference = 56 participants (20 in presence+36 online)

Webinar I = 60 participants

Webinar II = 32 participants

Webinar III = 51 participants